Message from Msgr. Schwanger


My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the season of preparation and of hope. We have published the Advent Calendar of Events for Our Lady of Lourdes in one page so you can put it on your refrigerator or bulletin board and take full advantage of this beautiful season. If you have received the calendar from us in your email please forward it to your family and friends and invite them to join us as well.

Each Advent we introduce new opportunities to help us prepare and enter more fully into the joy of Christmas. This year is no different. I would like to highlight a few things on this year’s calendar.

We have a number of Advent missions coming up early. Fr. Rumin and I will be offering missions in both English and Spanish during the first week of Advent. Fr. Perdomo and Fr. Louis will be offering missions in English and French on Saturday of that first. The theme this year will be The Visitation of Mary: model of love.

We will fully celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with both the Gritería at the Outdoor Altar following the Vigil Mass and the Consecration Mass and Rosary Candlelight Procession on the 8th itself.

Since our choirs have not yet been able to meet, we will replace the Christmas Concert in the Church with a Christmas Sing-along at the Outdoor Altar. Our choir members will be with us to provide support and encourage us to sing with full hearts. I think we will have a lot of fun!

Finally, we will have for the first time the Our Lady of Lourdes Summit. The Summit will be livestreamed as well and will be an opportunity for us to look ahead to 2021 and beyond. Our Lady of Lourdes is poised for greatness and I expect our ministries to really expand and flourish in the years ahead.

Advent, well lived, helps us to enter into the joy of Christmas when we gather to celebrate our Savior’s birth. Come and join us!

Msgr. Schwanger